While it's no surprise that we've been fawning over Lanvin, Miu Miu, and Balmain ads in the pages of all the September issues, we were shocked to find a few more mass contenders that made us take a nice, long double-take. Your everyday mall brands have hired the most recognizable faces in fashion and Hollywood, interpreted the runway trends we've been obsessing, but—most importantly—seriously stepped up their styling game for fall '11. Talbots, Express, even Clarks? Yep, they've all made the list, as well as several others you'll definitely want to check out. And we have the styling tips right from this new batch of mall-turned-must-have brands that you can cop—and still afford to pay rent.
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